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    What "Warhorse" for your favorite skaters???

    I got to thinking about the impending Olympic season and all the choices that will soon be revealed about who is doing what program. We've often times discussed "Warhorses"....those classical pieces that we can all hum in our sleep.

    Here's a summer discussion quesion....What "Warhorse" classical piece of music would you choose for your favorite skater? For me, there are a couple...I'd love to see Michelle skate to Claire de Lune. It would be interesting to see if she could "fill up" all the empty spaces withing this impressionistic tone poem.

    Another skater I'd love to see in moldy musical selections would be a guy, maybe johnny or jeff buttle, skate to Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun. I've seen several ladies do this, however can't recall any guys perfoming this one.

    Oh, and just to keep it interesting, why not include skaters from the past? Toller skated to an operetic aria, anyone want to strap Janet Lynn with Tosca?

    Now for you. I'm looking forward to hearing some of this answers...
    to quote Mike Myer's Linda Eastman character on SNL....
    "Warhorses; not War, not Horses....Discuss!"
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    I always wanted

    Michelle to skate to "Nessun Dorma:" from Turnadot or Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini.

    Clair De Lune would also suit Angela


    Sasha- Tchaikovsky's Piano Concert #1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eeyora
    I always wanted

    Sasha- Tchaikovsky's Piano Concert #1
    I totally agree with this one! And would also love to see Johnny Weir to use that music.

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    Would love to see Sasha skate to Masquerade Waltz. And I can only dream of how beautiful a program Johnny could skate to Massenet's Meditation de Thais.

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    [QUOTE=Eeyora]I always wanted

    Michelle to skate to ... Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini.

    ...[QUOTE]

    Who wrote "Rhapsody on a theme"? Someone told me that it was Rachmaninoff -- and there are rumors from a reliable source that Michelle is skating to something by Rachmaninoff this year.

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    Fur Elise...a SP for Michelle.

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    Faun was skated to by Ilia Klimkin and it was nothing short of magnificent.

    All the tunes noted are definitely warhorses, and poor Sasha can not get away from Tschaikowsky for her LP. they are definitely pieces to show off the technique and they suit Sasha.

    I was wondering why no one ever tried Chopin? Several of his pieces were orchestrated for Fokine's ballet 'Les Sylphides'. I think they would be a challenge but they would have to be cut for skating. It would take a very special skater to do these Chopin pieces, imo.

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    Joshua Bell and the Academy of St. Martin's in the Fields recorded a violin and orchestra transcription of Chopin's Nocturne in C-sharp Minor on their "Romance of the Violin" album. It's a little over 4 minutes long, and when I hear it, I see Sasha Cohen skating to it.

    If anyone is going to use "Meditation," I hope they can get the rights to the transacription Yo Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott used for their "Paris: La Belle Epoque" album. It would need some cuts at 5'48", but it is gorgeously played at a pace that could be expressed by a skater with deep edges and the patience to time elements to the music. And the real ending to the music is played meltingly.
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    [QUOTE=attyfan][

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    Who wrote "Rhapsody on a theme"? Someone told me that it was Rachmaninoff -- and there are rumors from a reliable source that Michelle is skating to something by Rachmaninoff this year.
    Yes it was Rachmaninoff

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    If Tarasova did the choreography I can believe MK could very well be skating to Rachmaninoff. Have we ascertained that TT has done the choreo for MK?
    Am I mistaken or didn't MK do a Rach by Lori?

    Joe

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    Yes Joe, MK skated to Rach 3 in the '98 season for her SP. She used the same program again for the '02 Olympic season.
    My guess is the Rach this year will be something from piano concerto #2 ... with perhaps a little of the Paganini Rhapsody mixed in with it.
    Okay ... so maybe that's what I'm "hoping" for!

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    ok Nymkfan51 - None of this is set in stone, am I correct? Tarrasova? Rach?

    Joe

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    Joe ... although there has not been any announcement from Michelle, the TT part of this is pretty much set in stone. The Rach part is not as certain, although even that has a pretty good chance of being right.

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    I also would like to see Michelle akste to Samson and Delilah

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    was wondering why no one ever tried Chopin?
    AP McDonough used Chopin for her 02-03 SP. She did a beautiful job with it too IMO.

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